Thanks to John Kelman (All About Jazz) for including Static Motion on his "best of 2014" list.
Thanks also to George Grella (The Big City Blog) for doing the same.
George wrote: The impossible record. Complex, minimal instrumental grooves that
are so loping and locked in place that the slightest variation of articulation, the
briefest solo, have monumental effect. Seventy minutes of watching the movement of the
most beautifully made clock you've ever seen.
In November 2014, we will be rehearsing material for our next CD, scheduled to be recorded in January 2015.
Our goal is to have all pieces ready by December 11, when we play a complete run-through of the CD live at
Bühne S (Bahnhof Stadelhofen) in Zürich.
Thanks to JPGP for his review (in French) of Static Motion on les immortels.
Thanks to Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret for his poetic review (in French) of Static Motion on les blogs de l'art helvetique contemporain.
Thanks to Pirmin Bossart for his fine review (in German) of Static Motion in the Swiss magazine Jazz'n'more. Anil Prasad's article on Sonar in Guitar Player Magazine is now online.
Unfortunately, Sonar's special event at Orbital Garden in Bern on September 27th has been postponed to June 2015.
On September 27th Sonar will play an hour long composition by Don Li at Orbital Garden in Bern.
Don't miss this very special event.
Sonar in rehearsal: writing music for a new album. We will play the entire album live on
December 11 in Zürich before it is recorded in January 2015. Expect a September 2015 release.
Thanks to Carlos Lügstenmann and Art-TV for their video portrait of Sonar on www.art-tv.ch
Thanks to Curt Cuisine for his review of Static Motion (in German) on www.skug.at
Thanks to admireArt for his review of A Flaw of Nature on progarchives.com
Thanks to Patrick Bruneel for his review of Static Motion (in Dutch) on www.gonzocircus.com
Very special thanks to Anil Prasad for his great article "Minimalist Mavericks: Sonar's Stephan Thelen and
Bernhard Wagner Recast the Rock Groove" in the August 2014 edition of Guitar Player Magazine
Thanks to admireArt for his review of Static Motion on progarchives.com
Thanks to Laurent Catala for his review (in French) of Static Motion in Noise Magazine
Read Pierre Durr's review of the "Musiques Innovatrices" festival in St. Etienne here
Read Sid Smith's Static Motion release event review for Prog Magazine (issue 46) here.
Thanks to Dogeye (www.ashevillefm.org) for writing about Static Motion. It figures on Asheville FM's
top 30 chart and is their 5th best experimental album.
Thanks to Julian Eidenberger for his evocative review of Static Motion for www.freejazzblog.org
Thanks to Michael Popke for his review of Static Motion for Shepherd Express
"An anti-hero's masterpiece ... a revolutionary shot across the bow ... an album that radically reinvents
instrumental interplay ... with so many forms of contemporary music seemingly satisfied to simply regurgitate weary
and weathered tropes, Sonar has defied the norm by crafting something singular and magical."
Thanks to Jeff Miers (high-profile music critic for The Buffalo News (New York)) for his stellar review of Static Motion.
Thanks to Ingo Andruschkewitsch for the Static Motion review (in German) on www.musikansich.de
Thanks to Arno Oehri for his truly wonderful review (in German) of the Sonar gig in Liechtenstein on May 17th.
Arno also took a few snapshots:
Thanks to Nogbad_The_Bad for a review of Static Motion on www.progarchives.com.
Thanks to Robert Silverstein for a review of Static Motion and an interview with Stephan Thelen on www.mwe3.com.
Thanks to Stefan Künzli for his article (in German) on Sonar in the Aargauerzeitung.
Static Motion is one of Prog Sphere's 10 best albums in 2014 so far.
Thanks to Michael Sutter for his review of our May 10 concert in Lucerne on www.kulturteil.ch.
Thanks to Grego Applegate Edwards for writing about Static Motion on his Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog.
Thanks to everyone who came to our CD release party on April 24. Markus Reuter opened the first set with a
beautiful soundscape after which Sonar played 5 pieces (Tromsø, Static Motion, Twofold Covering,
Landslide and Triptych). Markus joined us for the entire second set and together we played 4 pieces (Steel Cathedral,
Continuum, Tranceportation and a new piece called Angular Momentum) as well as an encore (String Geometry).
Our special guests were Sid Smith (who will write a review of the gig for Prog Magazine) and Anil Prasad, two
of the most prolific Prog journalists who met here in Zürich for the first time. The gig was filmed, so you can expect a YouTube
video of at least one of the pieces soon. On April 26, Markus, Tobias Reber and Sonar drove to a studio in Bern to
record Markus' remarkable composition Falling for Ascension.
Thanks to Ettore Garzia for his review (in Italian) of Static Motion on ettoregarzia.blogspot.it
Thanks to Doug Simpson for his track-by-track review of Static Motion on Audiophile Audition
Thanks to Mr. Badlands for his review (in German) of Static Motion on rollingstone.de
Thanks to the enthusiastic audience at the Perlaton Vol 2 Festival in Zürich for making the first gig of our tour such a memorable event.
They proved once and for all that you can dance to our music, even if it's in 33/8.
Thanks to Roger Trenwith for reviewing Static Motion in detail on The Progressive Aspect
Thanks to Nikola Savic for calling Static Motion "one of the five great albums you should hear in 2014" on Prog Sphere.
Thanks (again) to Mike Chadwick for playing the track Twofold Covering on his excellent JazzFM program The Cutting Edge.
"...the music is stripped down to bare bones, although those bones articulate a structure of remarkable
depth and complexity, built from complex polyrhythms and tense, ambiguous tonalities...
There is, as intended, great tension and power in the music. One of the most remarkable, rigorous, and truly original records I've yet heard."
Thanks to Oliver Arditi for his stunning review of Static Motion
"With progressive rock experiencing a significant resurgence, Sonar remains a rare outfit looking ever forward, with
unrelenting emphasis on the true meaning of the word "progressive." There may be no 'trons, epic songwriting or instrumental
pyrotechnics, but Static Motion - a clear evolution of Sonar's core concepts first heard on A Flaw of Nature - is an
album whose slow-build approach to dramaturgy, couched in intrinsic minimalism, reveals plenty more with each and every listen."
Thanks to the prolific John Kelman for his review of Static Motion on the All About Jazz website.
Thanks to Dave Lynch for his review of Static Motion on www.cduniverse.com
Multissimo Obrigado to Renato de Moraes for his review (in Portuguese) of Static Motion on progbrasil.com.br
There are 3 reviews of Static Motion on the Greek website progrocks.gr.
We don't speak Greek, but - judging from the (sometimes hilarious) Google translation - they say some interesting things.
Thanks to Jochen Rindfrey for his review (in German) of Static Motion on www.babyblaue-seiten.de.
Thanks to François Couture for his review of Static Motion on his Monsieur Délire Blog
Thanks to Frank von Niederhäusern for his review (in German) of Static Motion in the Swiss cultural magazine Kulturtipp
"Static Motion bewitches with unique sonic rituals that beautifully combine mystery and power.
This is simply captivating music by four skillful guys who think outside of the box and defy classification..."
Thanks to Gad Kapulis (Nocturnal Ghost) for his great review of Static Motion in Igloo Magazine
Thanks to the mighty Sid Smith for his review of Static Motion in Progrock Magazine and on his own blogspot.
The track Zero Tolerance (from Static Motion) was used on the HELMUT LANG Fall 2014 Collection Runway Show.
Click here if you want to see how the models cope with a 33/8 rhythm (The track starts at 5:35)
We are genuinely touched by the large number of people who have written to us to give their respect and appreciation.
"Life-altering", "utterly luxurious", "a new perspective" were some of the generous words that were used to describe
our music. Thank you all for your support and for inspiring us to continue to do what we believe in.
Thanks to Dana Lawrence for her review of Static Motion on Sea of Tranquility
Thanks to Mos Eisley Music for their review of Static Motion (in German)
Cuneiform records announces the release of our new CD Static Motion on January 21.
The CD can now be also ordered directly from our BandCamp site.
A tritonic salute goes to the one and only Anil Prasad, not only for writing the liner notes for
Static Motion, but also for his new interview with Sonar on www.innerviews.org, the first and longest-running online music magazine.
"Minimalism Perpetually on Edge - Sonar's "Static Motion" is the featured CD review on the Caught in the Carousel website.
Thanks to Dave Cantrell for an amazing read.
The multi-media website Sound Colour Vibration called Sonar "one of the most exhilirating listens of 2014 ...
their snake-like harmonizing a fascinating gift to the spectrum of modern rock music. There's a raw energy that resides within
the fabric of the groups core, jolting out of very intricate rhythms and melodic patterns to project a non-traditional sense of collective
energy. Highly technical and expressive, this is some of the best rock music I have heard in years." Read the whole article here
Thanks to Mike Chadwick (The Cutting Edge, Jazz FM), Gregory Kampf (La Villa Strangiato) and many other wonderful people
for playing tracks from Static Motion on radio stations throughout the world.
Thanks to Michael Ross for his article "Introducing: Sonar" on his excellent website www.guitarmoderne.com
Thanks to Gerald Langer for reviewing Static Motion (in German) on www.music-on-net.com.
Thanks to Peter Thelen for reviewing Static Motion on expose.org.
Peter also recently reviewed our first album A Flaw of Nature: you can read that review here.
Thanks to Federico Chavez for his review (in German) of A Flaw of Nature on www.babyblaue-seiten.de.
Cuneiform records has released STATIC MOTION (the title track of our upcoming album) on YouTube.
The video was produced by Nordhang Film and shot at the band's rehearsal room in Zürich.
About the CD, Anil Prasad (innerviews.org) wrote "I'm honored to have written the liner notes for Static Motion, the upcoming release by
SONAR on Cuneiform Records. It's truly outstanding music with a deep story to tell. Releasing in January 2014. I think you'll find it
to be one of the most intriguing instrumental albums you've encountered in a long time."
Back from our Spring 2013 Tour...We had a fantastic time with 8 concerts in Switzerland, Germany and England
plus 4 days of recording at the great Ocean Sound Recordings Studio on Giske island in Norway. Thanks to all the wonderfully
supportive people who came to our concerts. Read two reviews of our April 30th concert at the Vortex in London:
Ian Greatorex review: here
Mike Bearpark review: here
Watch a live performance of "A Flaw of Nature" ( the title track of our first album) on YouTube
(filmed by Michael Taylor at Band on the Wall in Manchester, 2 May 2013)
Watch a live performance of "Twofold Covering" ( a track that will be on the new album) on YouTube
(filmed on iPhone by Graham Bailey at Band on the Wall in Manchester, 2 May 2013)
image: Sonar live at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool, 3 May 2013
Download the Sonar February 2013 Newsletter here
Thanks to: Ian Greatorex for listing A Flaw of Nature as the 6th best prog album of 2012 on progarchy.com ,
La Villa Strangiato (progressive rock/jazz radio show in Canada) for playing Sonar tracks,
Vasilis Pavlidis for listing A Flaw of Nature as the 3rd best album of 2012 on www.mic.gr (Greece),
Aris K. (Mic.gr Music Portal Greece, Off Radio) for listing A Flaw of Nature as the 8th best album of 2012,
Robert Steven Silverstein for a new Sonar review and interview on www.mwe3.com
"Live at Bazillus" recorded at the Bazillus club in Zürich. This show was also the release party for our first video
"Tromsø", directed by Pascal Reinmann. Watch it on YouTube or Vimeo.
Photo by Marcel Rickli, taken from the Sonar video "Tromsø".
Recording the EP Skeleton Groove in Bern on June 10th.
Thanks to Mike Chadwick for frequently playing Sonar tracks on his excellent Sunday evening program "The Cutting Edge"
on JazzFM (6/13/20 May). Mike is one of our great heroes: he later helped us to play at the Band on the Wall in
Manchester and at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool. He also continued playing Sonar tracks on JazzFM
(8 July 2012, 13/20 January 2013, 10 March 2013, 8 December 2013, 26 January 2014, 30 March 2014)
CD release party for A Flaw of Nature in the EXIL club in Zürich.
Our special guest was Sid Smith (who wrote the liner notes) and who introduced us in a legendary speech.
Thanks to John Schaefer for including a Sonar track (Slow Shift) on his WNYC New Sounds podcast from
April 30th 2012. John competently talked in detail about the music and its background. Listen to the podcast here
Recording our first CD A Flaw of Nature in Bern on August 13th and 14th.
First four gigs in Zürich and Bern.
First rehearsal on Sunday, November 21st 2010.